The executive producer of Masterpiece says Jane Austen works a lot better on screen than Hemingway does.
Brian Grazer has some rules for success. He hasn’t always followed them.
Search-engine architects must decide when their creations should act as a kind of expert and when they should neutrally direct people to what they are seeking.
The justice has redefined how the Supreme Court interprets statutes, a former Acting Solicitor General of the United States says.
Be kind, show understanding, do good—but, some scientists say, don’t try to feel others’ pain.
Can churches and synagogues and mosques draw in more Millennials by changing their teachings on gay marriage and other issues?
What would the pontiff say about feelings of religious persecution on the political right?
The mathematician John Allen Paulos marvels at his field’s counterintuitive proofs. Yet his earliest intellectual thrill was the discovery that numeracy could empower even a child.
The Disney CEO and the Oscar-winning actress compare notes on Hollywood.
Advocate Jim Steyer remembers what first sparked his desire to create an advocacy group for young people.
The retired general and former CIA director holds forth on the Middle East.
The Chicago mayor just announced $200 million in school budget cuts and 1,400 staff lay-offs. What’s his plan for saving the Windy City’s public-education system?
“I’m not a vegetarian because I love animals. I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.”
The attorneys David Boies and Theodore Olson say new rules about political spending have most affected state and local elections. What does that mean for democracy?
A University of Wisconsin professor suggests that mindfulness might be one way to reduce police violence.
When billionaires Tom Steyer, a climate-change activist, and David Koch, a confirmed skeptic, met for the first time, they found a basis for conversation.
The ex-commissioner, who blames minority communities for tension between police and civilians, also wants cops to try out body cameras.
The White House is pushing a new initiative to keep young men of color out of prison and improve their outcomes. But what about young women?
Two writers with experience teaching at elite colleges perceive an epidemic of conditional love that is damaging the ability of students to lead happy lives.
One of the president's closest advisors defends him against the charge that he has held back when addressing the subject.
A new poll reveals that although Americans think obstacles to advancement are more severe than ever, they still believe hard work can overcome them.
Is it just a ticket to a good job, or is it the key to unlocking a secret world of beauty?
Netflix’s content chief Ted Sarandos says the company isn’t trying to outdo TV, it’s trying to do something completely different.
The journalist Naomi Schaefer Riley marvels at how well people of different faiths get along in this country.
A Marxist take on art that can inform every field of human study.
The Republican presidential candidate explains why he would threaten Iran with war and send U.S. ground troops into Syria and Iraq.
The word came into popular usage in the 1920s, but it’s used quite differently today.
The New York Times columnist and book author Charles Blow reflects on the many aspects of his identity and how they inflect his work.
A candid explanation from Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes
The senator accused some of his Republican rivals of being “mean” when they talk about immigrants––and doesn’t think his openness to amnesty will sink his primary campaign.
UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block remembers an attempt to reduce infant deaths.
The notion of using scientific methods to illuminate matters of the heart was once ridiculed, but has been vindicated in recent years.
In adolescence, the brain’s reward centers light up when acting recklessly in front of peers.
A challenge to the widely held notion that the power of brains is more legitimate than the power of fists.
It’s not the Middle East, according to Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.
Why did the author of the Declaration of Independence fail to attack slavery as president? In large part because he was a politician.
One measure of America’s slow progress toward boosting the number of women in elective office is the number of toilets in the congressional restrooms.
The ideal Republican nominee doesn't necessarily exist, but among the dozen or so candidates in the race, the GOP still has a strong chance of winning the White House, two conservatives suggest.
A New Orleans art project aims to comment on deadly weapons from America’s streets–and to transform how they’re seen by young men at risk of violence.
Depending on the disease, getting tested could do more harm than good.
Three winners of the Peace First Prize illustrate how young people are often the engine for world-changing collective action.
Nancy Gertner, who left the bench after 17 years, compares the damage caused by drug prohibition to the destruction of cities in World War II.
A question for readers as the Aspen Ideas Festival begins.
How would you prefer to die? And how can doctors make that a reality?
With the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, the battle moves from the courts back to the political arena.
The government can’t realistically put an inspector in every factory. So what’s the solution?
Despite incidents of cheating, taxpayer fleecing, domestic abuse, brain damage, and suicide, America can’t stop watching professional football.
A sector that once promised revolutionary change is finally hitting its backlash.
America is living in a golden age of television, largely in thanks to cord cutting.
In the face of damning evidence against U.S. officials, the country has shrugged.
For the first time in a decade, Russia spent a higher portion of its GDP on defense than the U.S. in 2013.
The complicated reality of consent
In the art of evading meaningful policy discussions, all political camps have honed their particular styles.
The United States needs more than a good president to erase centuries of violence.
The urgency of fixing income disparities around the world
From selfie sticks and wristwatches and to kale and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The effortless hipness of senior citizens.
As long as people interpret texts literally, religion will be a source of conflict.